Caprese Salad Re-imagined

I was looking for a way to use Balsamic vinegar pearls and I came up with this easy appetizer.


Cherry tomatoes

Mozzarella cheese

Your favorite pesto

Balsamic vinegar pearls

Make balsamic vinegar pearls by dissolving 1.5 grams of agar-agar in 100 ml of hot balsamic vinegar in bring to a boil stirring continuously.  Form the pearls by dropping the vinegar mixture drop wise into olive oil that has been cooled in the freezer for at least a half hour.  Store the pearls in the olive oil in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Assemble by cutting the ends off the cherry tomatoes, so they will stand up nicely and provide a platform for the other ingredients.  If your tomatoes are larger than you want you can cut them in half crosswise or just cut them down to a size you like.

Add a disc of mozzarella cheese and top it with your favorite pesto.  Top the pesto with a few vinegar pearls and serve.

Your guests will love these and they are soooo easy!

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